Bob Weir & Wolf Bros brought their four-night Colorado run to a close on Saturday with the second of two nights at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO. The concert saw the extended ensemble—featuring The Wolf Pack string section—piece together the full “Terrapin Station” suite, which the band debuted in parts earlier this week at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.
The show began with the five-piece extended Wolf Bros taking the stage, featuring bassist Don Was, drummer Jay Lane, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, and opening up with a strong “Bertha”. Bob Weir & Wolf Bros continued to rattle off quick hitters—all without the aid of The Wolf Pack—with runs through “I Need A Miracle”, “Loser”, and “Ramble On Rose” before the ensemble of woodwind specialist Sheldon Brown, violinist Mads Tolling, trombonist Adam Theis, trumpeter Brian Switzer, and cellist Alex Kelly joined in for the backroom boogie of “West L.A. Fadeaway”. The Wolf Pack string section would then make its presence truly felt on the eternal pairing of “Lost Sailor” and “Saint Of Circumstance” before bringing the first frame to a close.
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros – “Bertha” – Vail, CO – 6/12/21
Set two opened with a selection from Weir’s extensive bag of cowboy tunes with Merle Haggard‘s “Mama Tried” before Weir brought out one of his own with the Blue Mountain standout “Only A River”. Following a take on Bob Dylan‘s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, The Wolf Pack re-entered the chat to join in on “Bird Song”. Then came the culmination of the four-night run as Weir lead the group into “Lady With A Fan”, the first piece of the “Terrapin Station” suite, which the band would perform in full.
Bob Weir – “Mama Tried” (Merle Haggard), “Only A River” – Vail, CO – 6/12/21
After debuting “Lady With A Fan” and “Terrapin Station” on night one at Red Rocks on Tuesday, Weir completed the suite the following night with the debuts of “Terrapin Transit”, “At A Siding”, “Terrapin Flyer”, and the final “Refrain”. Audiences in Vail on Saturday got to see the entire movement literally strung together with help from The Wolf Pack.
It was then time for a cool down with a sublime “Stella Blue”, once again bolstered by The Wolf Pack, before Weir closed out the set with the customary “One More Saturday Night”. Returning to the stage, Weir, Wolf Bros, and The Wolf Pack closed out the evening—as well as the Colorado run—with a somber “Brokedown Palace”.
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Setlist: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater | Vail, CO | 6/12/21
Set One: Bertha, I Need A Miracle, Loser, Ramble On Rose, West L.A. Fadeaway , Lost Sailor  > Saint Of Circumstance
Set Two: Mama Tried (Merle Haggard), Only A River, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan), Bird Song , Lady With A Fan  > Terrapin Station  > Terrapin Transit  > At A Siding  > Terrapin Flyer  > Refrain , Stella Blue , One More Saturday Night 
Encore: Brokedown Palace 
 w/ The Wolf Pack